Terra Goodnight · November 21, 2012
Wachtman … gave the bill a “complimentary hearing” on Wednesday, but it won’t go any further, at least not this year.Similarly, the Compassionate Assistance for Rape Emergencies (CARE) Act (HB 419) will get its first and only hearing this week. Sponsors Nickie Antonio and Nancy Garland will be permitted to testify on behalf of the legislation, take questions from committee members, but the bill will not receive testimony from assault victims, care providers or be submitted for a vote. The two companion Senate bills remain stalled without even a courtesy hearing scheduled to date, with only three weeks left in the term. It’s beginning to seem as though abortion opponents are simply playing politics — advancing just those bills that will satisfy their extremist base — rather than advancing policies that could actually reduce unwanted pregnancies and, in turn, the need for abortion.
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